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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,240th Most Pacifist: 2,267th Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,309th
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Balkvla Islands

Population4.496 billion

CapitalNimbasa City


The Most Serene Republic of Balkvla Islands is a massive, socially progressive nation, notable for its complete lack of prisons, keen interest in outer space, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 4.496 billion Balkvla Islandsians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nimbasa City. The average income tax rate is 95.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Balkvla Islandsian economy, worth 568 trillion hitoes a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 126,551 hitoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is hoping that medical aid will speak louder than human rights abuses, children wondering what happens to pets after they die are shown where the compost heap is, choking on hitoes is a leading cause of death for wild animals, and on-duty Air Balkvla Islands flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Balkvla Islands's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Balkvla Islands is ranked 16,586th in the world and 56th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 98.28 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Most Advanced Public Education: 2,240thMost Pacifist: 2,267thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,309thNicest Citizens: 2,315thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,474thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,480thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,911thMost Inclusive: 2,972ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,330thMost Developed: 3,703rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,950thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,042ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,170thMost Cultured: 4,207thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,240thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,308thBest Weather: 4,396thHealthiest Citizens: 4,444thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,797thMost Influential: 4,914thHighest Drug Use: 5,439thSmartest Citizens: 5,963rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,118thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,430thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,481stLowest Crime Rates: 6,936thLargest Governments: 7,630thTop
Nudest: 8,787thMost Income Equality: 10,516thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,925thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,799thMost Secular: 12,964thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,181stMost Politically Free: 14,941stSafest: 15,377thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,681stMost Efficient Economies: 16,586th
Highest Drug Use: 20th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 23rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 25th in the regionMost Pacifist: 26th in the regionNudest: 27th in the regionMost Inclusive: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 27th in the regionNicest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Developed: 29th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 31st in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 32nd in the regionBest Weather: 33rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 34th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 34th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 35th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 35th in the region

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